There are many things around you that can cause you bad health, some you have control over, others, unfortunately, you don’t. But we should do all we can to keep us and our families in better health, here are some common things you may or may not know about, but nevertheless need to look out for.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
The vast majority of people have smoke alarms, but not many use carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is deadly, it has no scent, and can creep up on us when we’re asleep. There are around forty deaths a year in the UK caused by CM poisoning. It comes from the burning of fossil fuels, so ensure you have an alarm in each room that burns fossil fuels and maintain it accordingly, you may have problems sleeping, but this is far worse and requires your immediate attention.
The Asbestos epidemic is primarily curbed, but there are still thousands of properties across the globe full of asbestos. The spores are extremely harmful and can contribute to cancer in later years. If you suspect any asbestos in your home you need it removed by quality professionals such as PROAS.
In 1991, the U.S. government declared lead to be the worst environmental threat to children. Low concentrations can cause problems with children's and even adult’s central nervous system, brain, blood cells, and kidneys. It's particularly dangerous for fetuses, babies, and children, because it can cause potential developmental disorders. Many if not most houses built before 1978 contain lead paint. Once the paint begins to peel away it releases harmful lead particles that you can inhale. There are ways to combat this yourself, but it would be better to get in help if it's a large scale job.
Electric and space heaters can be economical alternatives to your current heating system, but they're also the cause of multiple fires — more than 25,000 a year in fact. To reduce your risk of a home fire from a space heater, SafeElectricity.org recommends purchasing only space heaters that have passed safety tests and have been approved and are also equipped with an emergency shutoff feature and heating element guards in case the product gets too hot.
Stain-resistant carpets, although they sound good, can be quite dangerous. Several industrial chemicals used to repel stains are linked to many health problems. Older carpets touting stain resistance probably included PFOA, the Teflon chemical linked to both cancer and thyroid disease. A stain-resistant carpet from recent times probably contains chemicals called PFASs, which slowly accrue in the body and are even passed to babies through breast milk. Scientists are concerned about the health risks of PFASs. So in the future if carpet hunting, look for untreated materials which are natural like sisal or wool.
As you can see there are varying elements to consider, some we would never really think about. To to keep our families safe it's important to act, there are so many dangerous things right under our nose, but luckily for the most part each point can be rectified.